PRIDI 2013 Fact Sheet

Long title
Programa Regional de Indicadores de Desarrollo Infantil
Frequency of data collection
Previous cycles
  • February–December 2011: framework and instrument development
  • May–July 2012: field test
  • June–October 2013: data collection
  • December 2014: release of international reports and database

As a first comparative data initiative on child development in Latin America, the study aims to enrich regional policy dialogue and comparisons on early childhood development (ECD) by providing indicators on children’s abilities and their family situations.

Assessment domain(s)
  • Cognition
  • Language and communication
  • Socio-emotional development
  • Motor skills
Study framework (summary)

Child development

  • Cognition
  • Language and communication
  • Socio-emotional development
  • Motor skills



  • National and regional contexts
  • Household contexts
  • Children’s characteristics
  • Characteristics and attitudes of parents or guardians


The conceptual framework recognizes child development as a holistic and integrated process that encompasses any number of domains; the four above were chosen on the basis of operational considerations.

Participating entities


4 countries (Latin American countries)



Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Paraguay, Peru

Target population and sample (summary)

Target population (children)

  • Children ages 2 to 4


Sample (children)

  • 7,710 children in 4 countries
Data collection techniques and instruments (summary)

Child development test

Guided by a test administrator, one of two possible child development tests (differing in degree of difficulty) was administered in the domains mentioned above:

  • Test A for children under 42 months of age
  • Test B for those 42 months of age or older


Contextual Information

  • Interview with parents or guardians about the
    • Child and
    • Household
  • Household observation
  • Measurement of child’s height
Study director(s)

Inter-American Development Bank (IDB)

1300 New York Ave NW

Washington, DC 20577


Tel. +1 202 623 1000


IEA Hamburg

Überseering 27

22297 Hamburg


Tel. +49 40 48500 500

Fax +49 40 48500 501